What do you think of when you think of meditation?
Maybe you think of a bunch of hippies sitting around in lotus position amongst a field of daisies chanting Sanskrit.
Yeah, meditation can be that.
However, meditation can be whatever you want it to be. Meditation can be done eyes open, eyes closed, silently, chanting loudly, using breath or paying no mind to your breath. Meditation at its core is being present.
If there’s one question I get asked the most, this is it! “How do I meditate? How long? What do you think about? My brain won’t shut off/my body feels restless/etc.”
Follow me, kittens, and let me show you how meditation can be extremely fun, life-changing, and simple. Let’s get started!
First off, I want to hopefully inspire you a bit to start meditating. Meditation has single-handedly changed my life forever. Once a very negative, Type A person , I now consider myself much happier, free-spirited, and playful. There was almost no room for “fun” in my life before – everything had to be extremely serious. Now? I enjoy life as it happens, take the challenges as opportunities to growth, and my stress level? NEARLY non-existent for the most part. (Only healthy amounts of stress allowed here!)
If you want to change your life, your body, your attitude, your relationship, your job success, etc… You’ve got to take up meditation. In order to be the best version of yourself, I think it’s really crucial 🙂
1. Move Your Body!
Most of the time when you think of meditation, you think: SIT STILL. DON’T MOVE! However, I think that it’s really necessary to open up all your energy channels before you start to meditate. Whether this means doing a few yoga stretches and twists to get your energy flowing, or a walk outside, or even a few sun salutations… do something that gets your blood pumping for the most success. I also find that moving prior to meditating helps with feeling restless.
If the idea of sitting really kills your vibe, try a walking meditation!
2. Get Comfy!
No – you don’t have to sit in a perfect lotus in a Gyan mudra to meditate! For me, I really like to sit on the floor (I feel most connected to the Earth rather than in a chair or bed) and put a pillow against a wall that I can lean against. This helps me because I get lower back pain if i’m sitting for a long time. Another trick that makes meditation really comfy is to have another pillow under your seat so your hips are elevated. This makes sure that your legs don’t fall asleep on you while you’re zenned out. Nothing ruins your zen like hopping around on tingly legs.
3. Free Your Mind!
“What do you think about during meditation?!” Well, nothing. And everything.
What I mean is that meditation is about focusing on the present moment.
To begin, try five minutes of simply focusing on your breath. Your mind will naturally wander, and that’s okay! Accept, and bring your focus back to your breath. Be gentle, forgiving, and laugh at yourself – don’t get frustrated! It’s natural for our minds to drift like that, althought, as you meditate more, you will be able to get into a real bliss-like state without interrupting thoughts.
My favorite meditation lately is to “Watch The Mind.” Wayne Dyer talks a lot about this in his books if you’re interested in checking them out 🙂 To summarize this meditation technique, simply close your eyes and focus on your breath. Realize that there is “The Watcher” and “The Thinker.” The Watcher is YOU – you noticing the thoughts. You are not the thoughts themselves, you are simply watching them. So that means that your thoughts are not you. The Thinker is simply all the thoughts – directionless and never-ending. Your only focus is to be The Watcher of your thoughts. This is REALLY cool and can get you into that total zen place if you sit for awhile 🙂 Takes some practice, but well worth it!
Other techniques? Guided chakra meditations (go on YouTube to find! Or YogaGlo, which is my personal favorite), Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation – warning: you will feel BLISSSSSED OUT afterwards), chanting/mantra CDs (or even logging onto 8tracks and finding a station), focusing on the sounds around you without judgement, etc.
Meditation is a practice; some days you will feel total euphoria and have a “breakthrough,” and other days you will feel like your meditation was total-crap. Take peace in knowing that this is normal and has a lot to do with the ebbs and flows in our life: our energy, emotions, energy blockages, stress level, level of relaxation during the meditation, time of day, etc. Find what works best for you.
Don’t believe in God/The Universe/Buddha/Universal Energy/anything? No problem!
Each of us has the incredible power to use The Law of Attraction to lead us through life. If you’re unfamiliar with this theory, it is based on the fact that what you think becomes your reality. By praying and setting an intention, whether to the Universe or just to yourself, you send out an energy that opens up possibilities and opportunities for you to reach your goals.
Of course, not everyone believes in this. If you don’t, it’s alright 😀 Simply saying a prayer can be incredibly personal – a chance for you to hear your goals, your fears, your dreams – out loud. It doesn’t matter who you are saying them to, all that matters is that they are said. The rest will be taken care of 🙂
I’ve made a short, 10 minute guided meditation for you! To listen, click below 🙂 Please give it a thumbs up & share if you like it!
I think you’ll find after a few times, you’ll feel calmer, more focused, and overall happier. In fact, i’m willing to bet on it! 🙂
Lots of love,